After a resurgent 2017, boxing’s first big night of 2018 is here as Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) takes on Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) for the IBF Welterweight Title at Barclays Center on Saturday night.

On paper, the fight has a familiar narrative. Spence is the entering-his-prime virtuoso taking on a veteran gatekeeper who is hoping to score a famous win in the twilight of an impressive, albeit not headline-making, career.

This fight is designed to tell us a lot about Spence. The Long Island-born, Texas-raised southpaw is an electrifying talent who has said and done all the right things during his rise.

But while this could very well be Errol Spence’s year, he’s got to pass a tricky test in the form of Peterson.

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